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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The 27th Street (Sunlight) Bridge will be closed to traffic from today through Friday to allow for installation of the new Atkinson Canal Rivertrail section beneath the west end of the bridge.

The city of Glenwood Springs and its general contractor, Gould Construction, will be installing pre-fabricated pedestrian bridges next to the Roaring Fork River utilizing two large cranes.

This will necessitate that the bridge, from the Midland Avenue Roundabout to the intersection of South Grand Avenue, be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, according to a city press release.

All traffic bound for the east side of the Roaring Fork River will be required to use Midland Avenue to the Eighth Street Bridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists may also utilize the Cardiff Bridge.

The new Atkinson Canal Rivertrail extends from 27th Street south along the Roaring Fork River to Midland Avenue next to the Mountain Market. The bridge portion will pass under Sunlight Bridge, climb the bank and rejoin 27th Street at a trailhead adjacent to Cottonwood Landing.

For more information, contact Gould Construction at 945-7291, the Glenwood Springs Community Development Department at 384-6429, or view information at http://www.cogs.com.

DENVER (AP) – An energy company has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a complaint that waste from a natural gas well site contaminated groundwater in western Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports that state regulators approved the settlement with Oxy USA Monday, backing off a recommendation to fine the company $500,000.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission fined Oxy $90,000 and ordered it to pay $60,000 toward an unspecified project in Garfield County, where the contamination occurred.

Regulators investigated the discovery of benzene, known to cause cancer, in a spring near Parachute in August 2008. They said the fluids leaked from a waste pit on a gas pad, which Oxy disputed.

Officials say new information led them to reduce the proposed fine. Oxy admits no liability under the settlement.

The Roaring Fork River basin’s snowpack yesterday reached 211 percent of average for May 16, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The snowpack east of Aspen was at 202 percent of average yesterday. The water content in the snowpack was 20 inches at the automated Independence Pass Snotel site, according to the NRCS. The average for the date is 9.9 inches.

Snowpack levels varied greatly in the Crystal River Valley and Fryingpan River Valley, which are both part of the Roaring Fork River basin.

In the Fryingpan, the snowpack has melted out at Nast Lake at an elevation of 8,700 feet. However, it’s 382 percent of average at the Kiln site, elevation 9,600 feet, and it is 206 percent of average at Ivanhoe, at an elevation of 10,400 feet.

In the Crystal, the snowpack was at 360 percent of average at North Lost Trail, near Marble. It was 184 percent of average at McClure Pass and 182 percent of average at Schofield Pass.

The reference period for average conditions is 1971 through 2000, the NRCS said.

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